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Disneyland signature song recorded in four Asian tongues - it's a small world, after all

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 October, 2007, 12:00am


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When tourists visit other Disney parks, they usually leave with one song repeating over and over in their head. On Tuesday, the folks from Hong Kong Disneyland told us we'll soon be tortured by that same jingle - but with a twist. For us, It's A Small World (After All), will be heard in four Asian tongues too.

Sixteen children from various Asian backgrounds were introduced at the Academy for Performing Arts as the performers who have recorded the numbing ditty in Putonghua, Korean, Tagalog and Cantonese, under the direction of local music producer Chiu Tsang-hei.

Apparently, the Cantonese version used the lyrics that late local music legend James Wong Jim wrote more than 30 years ago, while popular lyricist Lin Xi wrote the words in Putonghua. The ride is expected to open early next year.

The song was composed by brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, and was introduced by Walt Disney at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair to benefit Unicef. It now plays an average of 1,200 times a day at each Disney theme park.